POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2008) – A blur. That is probably the best way that Rookie-of-the-Year nominee, Bob Tasca III, can describe his first season in the ultra-competitive NHRA Funny Car class.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s already the final race of the year,” said the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang. “This season has been quite an experience and to look from where we started at just about a year ago to where we are today, we’ve got an awful lot of confidence for where this program is going. I’m just amazed to be a part of this final. Pomona is a prestigious race and certainly one that you kind of envision throughout the season as far as how the championship is going to play out and who is going to win.”
Even though Tasca sits 12th in the point standings, he knows that every driver that competes on Sunday, could have some impact on how the championship lines up.
“Even if you’re not vying for the championship, all 16 cars that race on Sunday will have a profound impact on the outcome of this championship,” said Tasca. “That is just a tribute to the level of competition and the level of teams that compete in this class, and it’s going to be neat to be a part of.”
With the four qualifying runs for the weekend spread out over three days rather than the normal two, the rookie driver and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will face similar racing conditions for three out of the four runs down the track.
“I’ll make a prediction; there’s going to be some huge runs out there this weekend,” said Tasca . “Pomona is notorious for record-setting conditions, particularly at the finals. I think you’re going to see some monster runs. With the runs being around the same time of the day, it’s going to allow the crew chiefs to really dial it in for this weekend and we’re going to see some really exciting racing. And with how close this championship is, you’re going to see some pretty exciting first-round match-ups on Sunday.”
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Nominated for Rookie-of-the-Year, Tasca is one of five drivers in NHRA pro classes that are up for the prestigious honor.
– Tasca Racing and Tim Wilkerson Racing recently announced plans for a two-car alliance for the 2009 season.
– The rookie driver is 12th in the championship standings
– Tasca Racing recently broke ground on their new racing shop in Concord, North Carolina, with an expected complete date of February 2009.
– The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team was formed in November 2007 for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 33-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.